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Do you take Ativan

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Guitarist thank you because I was getting a lot of anxiety about taking them this helps thank you


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Guitarist thank you because I was getting a lot of anxiety about taking them this helps thank you


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you're welcome. Just keep in mind that they are indeed addictive, but... it’s been my personal experience that because of my own worries, that most of us will have a fear of addiction, thus we won’t abuse the medication. Just be smart about it. When you don’t need it... don’t take it. Change how you take it around. IE. Take a small dose in the morning, or when you don’t need much, and then a larger one when you do, but make sure it equals out to how much, or less you’re allowed per day. On an empty stomach, less can have just as much, or more benefit, as more. If you have the type of medication that can be dissolved, put it under the tongue. It can have more effect if you have a full stomach, and in my experience... it works sometimes faster.
Biggest thing... only really take it if you need it. Not because you’ve had a hard day, or because you like the feeling. I take 1 mg total most days. My prescription allows for 1.5. I only take the added half if absolutely necessary, and... if that’s the case, and I’m still anxious, I don’t EVER go higher.
 

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I also take .5 mg of Ativan and sometimes 1.0 mg. Been doing so for about 5 years or so. I get really anxious with doctor appointments and sometimes just because. If I take 1 of 2 they take the edge off. I am not as nervous. I have white coat syndrome and my blood pressure would be sky high when I went into my doctor appointments. But now I take an Ativan before and blood pressure is great. I haven't had any issues with withdrawal. Of course, I only take them when I am extremely nervous. A prescription lasts for months and months. Everyone is different.
 

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when did I suggest that it should be a first alternative? Why don’t you google the long term effects of SSRIs?
and WHY are SSRIs pushed so hard now? You go to a dr and the pen says Zoloft, or lexapro, or something else... when was the last time you saw one that said lorazepam? Clonazepam?
Seizure patients take 2-8 mg per day as a maintenance dose, and up to as much as 20mg per day. There’s always drawbacks to everything. Some people can’t eat peanut butter, seafood, take aspirin, etc.
I didn't say you said it should be a first alternative. I think a LOT of people use it as one though. So many people just think there is some pill to solve any problem that they have. I don't think people should be taking SSRIs very much either. Half the people who got admitted to the psych hospital where I was got there because they went manic on an SSRI. I also look at the stories about benzo prescriptions and think it must be far too much. Benzodiazepine drugs are prescribed at about 66 million doctors’ appointments a year in the US, according to a report by the US National Center for Health Statistics.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2230379-benzodiazepine-prescriptions-reach-disturbing-levels-in-the-us/#ixzz6N29Ch3YJ
 
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I didn't say you said it should be a first alternative. I think a LOT of people use it as one though. So many people just think there is some pill to solve any problem that they have. I don't think people should be taking SSRIs very much either. Half the people who got admitted to the psych hospital where I was got there because they went manic on an SSRI. I also look at the stories about benzo prescriptions and think it must be far too much. Benzodiazepine drugs are prescribed at about 66 million doctors’ appointments a year in the US, according to a report by the US National Center for Health Statistics.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2230379-benzodiazepine-prescriptions-reach-disturbing-levels-in-the-us/#ixzz6N29Ch3YJ
in fairness (where I live at least) doctors don’t like prescribing benzodiazepines much. However, I think the problem is, as anyone with this issue already knows, that we have been so anxious for such a long time, we forget what it’s like to be without that. The first time I took Klonopin, I literally said to myself “so this is what life feels like without anxiety”. Keep in mind, I had this problem since I was 12, I had been housebound from 17 or 18 to about 27 years old, and had accepted that would be my life. Had I not tried benzodiazepines, I would likely STILL be suffering the way I was. So, my case was indeed, an extreme one.
 

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in fairness (where I live at least) doctors don’t like prescribing benzodiazepines much. However, I think the problem is, as anyone with this issue already knows, that we have been so anxious for such a long time, we forget what it’s like to be without that. The first time I took Klonopin, I literally said to myself “so this is what life feels like without anxiety”. Keep in mind, I had this problem since I was 12, I had been housebound from 17 or 18 to about 27 years old, and had accepted that would be my life. Had I not tried benzodiazepines, I would likely STILL be suffering the way I was. So, my case was indeed, an extreme one.
It's the same where I am. I had a doc give me Paxil. Awful stuff. I got a small bottle of Valium at a shady offshore pharmacy. Only took 7 or 8 of them. It didn't kill my anxiety, just made me sleepy. It might have stopped a panic attack, but the new job I was starting wasn't that stressful because I wasn't around that many people. The only thing that really put a dent in anxiety was a half bottle of Robitussin. I took that when I had a cough before a dentist appointment and I felt zero anxiety while he drilled away at my teeth.

That was about 10 years a go before the fentanyl epidemic. Now it's WAY too dangerous to get it that way because it could be an overdose of fentanyl. Prince died that way - the Vicodin he took was really fentanyl. People who make the fake pills don't mix them well so some pills have no fentanyl and some have way too much.
 

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It's the same where I am. I had a doc give me Paxil. Awful stuff. I got a small bottle of Valium at a shady offshore pharmacy. Only took 7 or 8 of them. It didn't kill my anxiety, just made me sleepy. It might have stopped a panic attack, but the new job I was starting wasn't that stressful because I wasn't around that many people. The only thing that really put a dent in anxiety was a half bottle of Robitussin. I took that when I had a cough before a dentist appointment and I felt zero anxiety while he drilled away at my teeth.

That was about 10 years a go before the fentanyl epidemic. Now it's WAY too dangerous to get it that way because it could be an overdose of fentanyl. Prince died that way - the Vicodin he took was really fentanyl. People who make the fake pills don't mix them well so some pills have no fentanyl and some have way too much.
sadly, I laughed the last time I went to a dentist... or oral surgeon and had 3 teeth pulled. Pain is something that makes me feel alive
 

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sadly, I laughed the last time I went to a dentist... or oral surgeon and had 3 teeth pulled. Pain is something that makes me feel alive
They let you get teeth pulled without even a local anesthetic? They insist on putting me under for even minor foot surgeries now. One guy let me go without any for a crown fitting.
 

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They let you get teeth pulled without even a local anesthetic? They insist on putting me under for even minor foot surgeries now. One guy let me go without any for a crown fitting.
no, it was numb, I react violently when coming out of anesthesia, and I knew I didn’t need it. One of those roots was turned 90 degrees though. I was getting lifted off the chair he had to pull. They wanted to give me hydrocodone for it... I’m not taking some an opioid... noooo thank you.
 

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no, it was numb, I react violently when coming out of anesthesia, and I knew I didn’t need it. One of those roots was turned 90 degrees though. I was getting lifted off the chair he had to pull. They wanted to give me hydrocodone for it... I’m not taking some an opioid... noooo thank you.
I took a couple of percs for a kidney stone. Luckily is passed quickly. One day at work I had a lot to do and my bad foot was killing me so I took a perc rather than soak my foot in an ice bath for an hour. Percs make me sleepy but the really kill nerve pain.
 

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I took a couple of percs for a kidney stone. Luckily is passed quickly. One day at work I had a lot to do and my bad foot was killing me so I took a perc rather than soak my foot in an ice bath for an hour. Percs make me sleepy but the really kill nerve pain.
I already have a family history of those issues. My klonopin is different, but I don’t push my luck. I actually had a sonogram or whatever it’s called and they found kidney stones... I was taking 5-8 grams of msm a day... when I went back, they found nothing.
https://www.scielo.br/pdf/bjps/v54n1/2175-9790-bjps-54-01-e17442.pdf
Interesting study there if you care to read it.
 
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